Above the Post Update
Apparently, these fiscal cliff negotiations are so urgent, they're forcing Barack Obama to change his vacation plans so he can be in Washington, DC, just in case he needs to sign anything.
Just kidding. He'll be in Hawaii from December 17 through at least January 2- meaning he won't be available to sign any legislation crafted to avoid the fiscal cliff, if any even exists then.
Q: How do you know Barack Obama is lying? A: His mouth is moving.
Q: How do you know Barack Obama is about to go play golf? A: He just called something an urgent priority.
Immediately after winning re-election back on the 6th, Barack Obama immediately returned to form. That is: he demogogued against the Republicans and then beat feet to avoid any actual work.
Specifically, he claimed that the "Hard work" of averting the "Fiscal Cliff" would have to begin immediately. He claimed that Republicans were responsible for the fiscal cliff, despite the fact that the vast majority of the deficit spending, both current and future, is due directly to policies he and his complete control of Congress had implemented before the Republicans took over the House in 2011.
Now, via Twitchy, comes word that he has not met with Congressional Leaders in 13 days.
Frankly, I think the American people voted for the fiscal cliff, and I think they should get it good and hard. Me and mine can trim sails and survive. It'll suck, but the American people re-elected everyone who devised this lack-of-a-plan in the first place.
That said, Barack Obama claimed this was a priority. He claimed that going over the fiscal cliff would be completely unacceptable. He then insinuated that the only reason we would go over the fiscal cliff is if Republicans were unwilling to compromise. Now he's not even meeting with them? If this were such a priority, wouldn't he be meeting with them every day?
Of course, as with everything he says, this is more demagoguery and lies from Barack Obama. He doesn't want to stop the fiscal cliff. Why would he, because of John Boehner's incompetence, he gets everything he wants. He gets to increase taxes on everyone, and not just a little. He gets to gut defense spending, and Medicare spending. More importantly he gets to blame it all on Republicans. You see, they were the ones who didn't "compromise." They were the ones who "let" it happen. If they'd just completely capitulated, then... well, he won't explain what would happen, because that's not politically expedient.
Some Republicans and Conservatives have suggested giving Barack Obama everything he wants. I submit that it will not work. For once in his miserable life, Harry Reid will actually open up the bill for debate on the Senate floor, and will oppose any attempt at cloture. He'll claim that the bill is so important, unlike, say ObamaCare, that it must be fully debated and understood. And then, by the time he finally allows a vote, the bill will be approved too late. There are all kinds of things the Democrats can do to delay passage of a bill averting the fiscal cliff. Thanks to their allies in the Mainstream Media, most people will still believe that those evil, intractable Republicans are to blame.